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Daycare owner charged with disorderly conduct

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV)- Shelby County sheriff's deputies charged a Mid-South daycare owner with disorderly conduct Friday while they returned to a business busted earlier this week for harboring stolen guns.

Jessie's Child Enrichment Child Care owner Jesse Hodge faced the disorderly conduct charge after arguing with deputies about whether or not they should have entered her business.

"I am very upset, and I am very angry that our justice system is so messed up, that they can't follow procedure and get proper documents before they enter somebody home," Hodge said.

Deputies first raided the business, which operates out of a house, on Tuesday, arresting three people.  The trio was accused of stealing electronics and guns and stashing the goods inside in the house.

Friday, investigators returned, eventually arresting a woman accused of using a stolen Blackberry and a stolen laptop computer.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular explained what happened next.

"They simply knocked on the door to make some inquiries on if the young lady was here and they were allowed inside the house," Shular said. "But once the owner of the home realized that the deputies were inside, then she asked them to leave. As they were leaving she then created even more of a disturbance."

Shular said Hodge refused to calm down. But Hodge claimed she forced them to leave and come back with a search warrant, and that deputies should not have come inside originally.

"They did not have permission to come in," she said. "We did not invite them in. They did not show no legal documents to enter my home, and I feel like my rights has been violated."

Hodge was charged with disorderly conduct.

"Deputies got a job to do," Shular said. "They have questions to ask. They have information to run down, and the lady was simply impeding that investigation."

Hodge's daycare is closed because of an ongoing state investigation, but she and her family still live there.

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